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Robert Louis Stevenson Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Robert Louis Stevenson.

You can never love without giving.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

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Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap,
but by the seeds that you plant.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

You can give without loving,
but you can never love without giving.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Live life to the fullest.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

 

To know what you prefer
instead of humbly saying Amen
to what the world tells you you ought to prefer,
is to have kept your soul alive.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

A friend is a present you give yourself.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

So long as we are loved by others,
I would almost say that we are indispensable;
and no man is useless while he has a friend.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

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He who sows hurry reaps indigestion.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Compromise is the best and cheapest lawyer.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Once you are married, there is nothing left for you,
not even suicide.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Old and young, we are all on our last cruise.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Absences are a good influence in love and keep it bright and delicate.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

To be wholly devoted to some intellectual exercise
is to have succeeded in life.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

The Devil, can sometimes do a very gentlemanly thing.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

It's a pleasant thing to be young, and have ten toes.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

We all know what Parliament is, and we are all ashamed of it.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

The cruelest lies are often told in silence.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

That man is a success who has lived well,
laughed often and loved much.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

You can kill the body but not the spirit.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Nothing like a little judicious levity.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

It is one thing to mortify curiosity,
another to conquer it.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Marriage is like life - it is a field of battle,
not a bed of roses.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

If your morals make you dreary, depend on it,
they are wrong.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

I regard you with an indifference closely bordering on aversion.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Wine is bottled poetry.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

The price we have to pay for money is sometimes liberty.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

The world has no room for cowards.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner:
that,
in the dinner, the sweets come last.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

I find it useful to remember, everyone lives by selling something.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

No man is useless while he has a friend.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

I travel not to go anywhere, but to go.
I travel for travel's sake.
The great affair is to move.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Vanity dies hard; in some obstinate cases it outlives the man.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

The obscurest epoch is today.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose,
and the eyes will take care of themselves.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Everyone lives by selling something,
whatever be his right to it.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

A friend is a gift you give yourself.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Nothing made by brute force lasts.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Marriage is one long conversation, chequered by disputes.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Marriage: A friendship recognized by the police.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

There are no foreign lands.
It is the traveler only who is foreign.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

I've a grand memory for forgetting.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes
a claim upon men's hearts,
as for that subtle something, that quality of air that
emanation from old trees,
that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

To forget oneself is to be happy.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

All human beings are commingled out of good and evil.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Of what shall a man be proud, if he is not proud of his friends?
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

To be idle requires a strong sense of personal identity.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Every one lives by selling something.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Every man has a sane spot somewhere.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

There is no progress whatever.
Everything is just the same as it was thousands,
and tens of thousands, of years ago.
The outward form changes.
The essence does not change.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

You cannot run away from weakness; you must some time fight it out or perish;
and if that be so,
why not now, and where you stand?
- Robert Louis Stevenson

It is not likely that posterity will fall in love with us,
but not impossible that it may respect or sympathize;
so a man would rather leave behind him the portrait
of his spirit than a portrait of his face.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

There is an idea abroad among moral people that they
should make their neighbors good.
One person I have to make good: Myself.
But my duty to my neighbor is much more nearly expressed
by saying that I have to make him happy if I may.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

The habit of being happy enables one to be freed,
or largely freed, from the domination of outward conditions.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

So long as we are loved by others I should say that
we are almost indispensable;
and no man is useless while he has a friend.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

When it comes to my own turn to lay my weapons down,
I shall do so with thankfulness and fatigue,
and whatever be my destiny afterward,
I shall be glad to lie down with my fathers in honor.
It is human at least, if not divine.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

The body is a house of many windows:
there we all sit,
showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

You can read Kant by yourself, if you wanted to;
but you must share a joke with someone else.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone,
but primarily by catchwords.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

In marriage, a man becomes slack and selfish,
and undergoes a fatty degeneration of his moral being.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

If a man loves the labour of his trade,
apart from any question of success or fame,
the gods have called him.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

The world is full of a number of things,
I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Nothing more strongly arouses our disgust than cannibalism,
yet we make the same impression on Buddhists and vegetarians,
for we feed on babies, though not our own.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Fiction is to the grown man what play is to the child;
it is there that he changes the atmosphere and tenor of his life.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go
on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace,
like a clock during a thunderstorm.
- Robert Louis Stevenson


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